James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour 2015
By Andrea Bosco + Erin Powell
Photography: Catherine Palladino
For the first time, the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour made a pit stop in Pittsburgh for a sold-out event at Heinz Hall. As a way to bring the unique dining experience of New York City’s historic James Beard House to cities across the nation, all 160 dinner guests were wowed with multi-course meals and craft cocktails created by some of the nation’s top chefs, including Pittsburgh’s own Justin Severino of Cure; Trevett Hooper of Legume Bistro; Brian Pekarcik of Spoon, Grit & Grace, BRGR, and Willow; Derek Stevens of Eleven; Dennis Marron of The Commoner; Jamilka Borges of Bar Marco; Dave Racicot of Takö; and Richard DeShantz of Butcher and the Rye. From duck confit cake to black pepper macarons with foie gras mousse, guests enjoyed the tastiest of courses in a luxurious and aromatic atmosphere. Severino served as host for the evening, and was joined by celebrity chefs Bryan Voltaggio of Volt in Frederick, Md.; Michael Solomonov of Zahav in Philadelphia; Jamie Bissonnette of Coppa and Toro in Boston; and pastry chef Chris Ford of Bryan Voltaggio Restaurant Group!